Shostakovich: Waltz from ‘Eyes Wide Shut’


The popularity of this Shostakovich Waltz soared following its use in Kubrick’s ‘Eyes Wide Shut’. Great arrangement for wind quintet!!

  • Instruments : Fl. Ob. Cl.(in Bb) Hn. Bsn.
  • Difficulty : C – approx. ABRSM Grade 5
  • Duration : 3’45
  • ISMN : 979-0-708088-57-8
  • Portus Press reference : PPQ29


For many years the Suite for Variety Orchestra  (from which this Waltz originates) was misidentified as Shostakovich’s ‘lost’ Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 2  (1938). The suite has eight movements, most of which, including this Waltz (which is Waltz no. 2 in the suite), recycle material used in previous works.  This is why it is now widely believed that the suite couldn’t have been assembled until at least 1956. Its first performance in the western world came in 1988 by the London Symphony Orchestra, under Rostropovich, at London’s Barbican Hall.

The music’s popularity was greatly enhanced when it was used prominently, and to great effect, as the opening title and closing credit music of Stanley Kubrick’s last film, Eyes Wide Shut, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidmann.

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